Friday, July 15, 2016

More Historical Fiction from Angela Hunt


Another volume in the Dangerous Beauty series, Delilah is an entertaining novel based on the woman we meet only briefly in the book of Judges.  While we know only that Delilah betrayed Samson, Angela Hunt uses her imagination to weave one possible story of what might lead a beautiful woman down a path that led to the betrayal of a lover to an enemy.

History and geography are skillfully woven into the story, along with fictionalized accounts of other events from the Bible, such as Samson's wedding riddle.  Readers of historical fiction will want to add this book to their collections.

I received a free review copy of the book from the publisher for my honest assessment.

You can get your own copy at your local Christian book store or on Amazon.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Enjoyable Fiction with an Irish Flavor


The Irish Civil War is not a typical topic for historical fiction/science fiction/fantasy, so this novel is unique.  The characters are believable, even when they do unbelievable things like time travel.  The struggles of real history blend with Irish myth to create a page-turning tale.  Bury the Living will be released soon. I received an electronic copy from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.


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Friday, July 8, 2016

The Life We Never Expected: Book Review

Like most married couples, Andrew and Rachel Wilson expected their children to be reasonably healthy, go to school, play sports, get married.....


Parents of children with special needs have to adjust one or more of those normal expectations.  In the Wilson family, special needs took the form of regressive autism in both their son and daughter.  This book expresses their thoughts on their journey so far.  They speak from the midst of the furnace, as people who know the One who walks with them in the fire.

From dealing with physical exhaustion to dealing with the grief over dead expectations to seeing the blessings in what they do have, the Wilsons express the struggle many of us have as we live in a fallen world that has not yet been healed completely by the Creator.  Especially encouraging tomany parents will b Andrew's "Reflections on Healing." Consider that God will heal in one of 4 ways: 
  1. The daily healing built into our bodies as we recover from a virus or injury;
  2. Miraculous healing like Jesus and the apostles did and that we may see when we pray;
  3. Healing through the hands of doctors, therapists, etc.; and
  4. Healing in eternity when all are healed.
This book should be in church libraries as a valuable resource for parents, teachers, and ministers.  Get your copy here.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Reformation and Romance: Luther and Katharina

Jody Hedlund has written this historical novel with great respect for the history of the protestant reformation.  As an American by birth, I struggle to imagine the anguish of being persecuted or executed for leaving a church or religious order.  The sacrifices made by so many who confronted corruption in their church, translated the Bible into common languages, and dared to trust individuals to pray and read Scripture for themselves made possible the freedom Americans still enjoy today.

Readers who enjoy "romance" that is not sappy, happy, and silly will enjoy this mix of history, romance, and action/adventure. I'm confident this book will be enjoyed by my church library patrons.

I received an Advance Review Copy from the publisher for my honest review.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Series for Girls: Bible Belles


A girl named Rooney Cruz learns about virtues from great women of the Bible.  The first book features Esther, a woman who waited patiently for God's plan to unfold.  Kidnapped, chosen by the Persian king, and placed by God at a time when she could save her Jewish people from extinction, Esther is a wonderful model for girls today. 



In a world where college students are demanding "safe spaces", let's raise a generation of girls to become women of valor.  Teach them courage rather than fear and to wait for God rather than rush to whatever is popular.

Beautiful color illustrations accompany this story by Erin Weidemann.  Comment below before June 21 to enter a drawing for a free copy of Esther: The Belle of Patience.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Book Review: Mother & Son


Mothers know that sons are not daughters, but are often unsure how that plays out in day-to-day life.  Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, noted for marriage counseling, now offers mothers some practical help with raising sons in Mother & Son.

The differences between love and respect are sometimes subtle, but boys crave respect and seldom get it.  I would describe the respect they need as this: letting your son know you believe in the man he is becoming.  The author offers examples of what respect may look like for both young boys and young men.

Add this book to your home, pastoral, or church library.  If you leave a comment on the blog, I will enter your name in a drawing for a free copy of Mother & Son.  Drawing will take place June 6.



"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”